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A consortium of 12 tourism associations from around Thailand are calling on the government to simplify the current tourism stimulus schemes saying the situation was urgent. They told the Thai PM on Monday that they remained “sceptical” of the complicated web of programs will do the intended job of stimulating travel – domestic and international. One of the representatives, Chaiyapruk Thongkam, from the Association of Domestic Travel, said the key problem was that most of the current proposals “require approvals from other government agencies”, many times needing several agencies to cooperate to make the policies work. As an example he […]

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Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn admitted that overall revenue “might be lower

While you're at it, go ahead and admit you've been exaggerating the numbers ever since you entered the job as tourist propaganda minister  

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The simple fact is that meeting with the so-called Prime Minister is an exercise in futility. He will not initiate anything because he cannot deliver and right now his reputation is already in the toilet so he cannot be seen to fail or U-turn yet again. This "government" regards foreign tourists as a security threat, a health threat and a cultural threat, but they need their money so pretend to welcome them. However the country's reputation as Teflon Thailand was long ago destroyed and it is now consigned to being just another destination among many. With half the businesses shuttered visiting here is a depressing experience compounded with restrictions and regulations and scams. 100% of my US, UK & EU friends who used to visit have already made bookings in the likes of Mexico, the Med, and Carribbean. They will not be here this year. The only future for Thai tourism is as a shrunken remnant of past good times.

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the latest study found that over 90% of Thais have more expenses than their income and are barely getting by, so the Thai government is trying to promote domestic tourism. Brilliant idea! meanwhile inflation is rising very fast. 

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